Culture, heritage, history, and study are at the center of these organizations’ activities. In generating reflection and comparison, they preserve important elements of our social character in diverse ways. Organizations of this type include ethnic and racial heritage organizations promoting long-held customs and traditions, as well as those that focus on distinctly local history, commemoration, and attributes. This indicator measures the number of humanities and heritage organizations for every 100,000 county residents, referring to organizations with the following NTEE codes.

  • A23 Cultural/Ethnic Awareness
  • A70 Humanities Organizations
  • A80 Historical Societies and Related Activities

Data come from the 2009 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,793. Average county indicator value = 7.3. Median county indicator value = 4.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Audiences are growing!

In 2010, 32 percent of the adult population attended a performing arts event (up from 28 percent in 2009); 13 percent visited an art museum (up slightly from 12 percent). These are the first increases since 2003.